The Washington Post reports:
Days after the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis., the Milwaukee Bucks did not take the court as scheduled for Game 5 of their first-round playoff series with the Orlando Magic on Wednesday. Bucks guard George Hill was among multiple NBA players to question whether games should continue in light of ongoing social justice protests around the country.
Hill said Monday that NBA players “shouldn’t have even came to this damn place, to be honest” because playing in the bubble “took all the focal points off what the issues are.” The Bucks and Magic were scheduled to play the first game of a playoff triple-header on Wednesday with a scheduled tip time of 4 p.m. But only the Magic took the court for the traditional pregame warm-ups, with the Bucks remaining in their locker room.
Wow. Wow. Wow.
The Milwaukee Bucks have boycotted Game 5 of the playoffs in protest of the shooting of Jacob Blake.pic.twitter.com/nRUcdE7NB6
— Holly Figueroa O’Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) August 26, 2020
BREAKING: The Milwaukee Bucks have reportedly decided to boycott their NBA playoff game against the Orlando Magic in the wake of the Jacob Blake shooting. https://t.co/tJdNxbEQQo
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) August 26, 2020
The @Bucks continue to be leaders in the fight for social justice.
They backed teammate Sterling Brown in 2018, they were the first team to lead a protest following the killing of George Floyd. They are the first NBA team to boycott following the shooting of Jacob Blake. pic.twitter.com/rwV5hTHk7M
— Stephen Watson (@WISN_Watson) August 26, 2020
What the Milwaukee Bucks are doing right now is incredibly impressive. No doubt, it will force more people to pay attention to what is happening in our country.
— David Cicilline (@davidcicilline) August 26, 2020
Clock is at 0:00 —- Orlando Magic and Milwaukee Bucks are not on the court. pic.twitter.com/qAjoXDWCom
— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) August 26, 2020